“The most overlooked color when fishing stained water” by Ben Hudson



A color that’s often forgot about

“The most overlooked color when fishing stained water”

Print This Post Print This Post

As a bass fishermen in the modern era, we live in a world where fishing lure choices are endless, and to add even more to the variety and potential confusion, they all come in a TON of different colors. So this coming year when you’re looking for new baits and lures at all the fishing shows/expos coming up after new years, remember there’s one color in particular that you shouldn’t overlook.

Looking at all these colors can be super intimidating as a beginning angler, and it only gets worse when you factor in travel fishing to areas where different colors tend to work better than others.

Usually, selecting a color tends to start with dissecting the water clarity where you’re going to be fishing. As always, green pumpkin is hard to beat anytime you’re fishing a clear water situation, especially when it comes to soft plastics and jigs.

Most people know green pumpkin is the best option in the clearer water for soft plastics. However, when many beginning anglers find themselves in stained water, there’s one color that often gets forgotten about, and has always worked extremely well.


I’ve been guilty of panicking in the past when I get around dirtier water because I grew up fishing clearer lakes. I’ve felt like I had to use a lot of chartreuse to make sure they see it, but I’ve recently rediscovered that you can gain more bites by utilizing the color black. Especially in the warm weather.

Whether it’s a worm, jig, topwater plug, or buzzbait, I’ve found that straight black is easily overlooked when the water gets off colored, possibly because its just so simple and not very flashy or fancy. I’m not sure what it is about the color black, but it’s definitely a killer when fish have low visibility.

Even if you are fishing clear water, black can also be a killer at night. It’s a color that just seems to excel in low light conditions such as nighttime or first light/dusk.

It might be simple and not very flashy with all the options out on the market, but it’s definitely a color that works in the right situation. Next time you’re fishing in some stained water and not getting bit, try switching your worm or buzzbait to straight black. You might be surprised by what you catch.

Ben Hudson
Blue Colar Bassin’


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here